Here's a little tip I learned. Take you lint trap to the kitchen sink and
turn the water on lightly. I'll bet water does not pass through the lint
trap. Now wash it with liquid dish detergent. Not try the water test again.
It's amazing how lint resude (or is it something else?) will clog up the
lint trap. The clothes will now dry faster and you'll use less enegry.
And you know what clogs those screens up? Fabric softener (sheets or
devices) or "static" control sheets in the dryer. If you need them use
the washer kind, and you won't be cleaning the screens so often.
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but detergent and water...nothing in the dryer but wet clothes. Maybe
cotton makes more lint? Most my stuff is denim or flannel, except
cotton underwear. But the important thing is a cleaner lint trap.
I checked my lint filter with the water test and it was NOT stopped
up. And that is after 8 years without washing and the occasional use
of those sheets. I suspect it depends a lot on the material of the
filter. Mine is a stiff wire mesh that self cleans when you remove
the lint after each wash.
Fabric softeners ( esp those sheets ) and soaps can build up on the
screen and hamper air flow for sure....a bad one...
...a good washing at the sink often helps and rince with very hot
Dryer insides should be vacummed out every 2-5 years and the venting
system going outside cleaned out avery 1-2 years = energy savings :)
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